Moot court, mini roleplay competition enhance students’ advocacy skills

The Asian Law Students’ Association Brunei (ALSA Brunei) and the Shariah & Law Students Society (Shalawsoc) organised the 1st International Humanitarian Law: Moot Court and Mini Roleplay Competition recently with the theme ‘Even Wars Have Limit’.

Deputy Rector of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Dr Haji Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad was the guest of honour.

A total of six groups comprising 18 law students from UNISSA participated. Group 101 comprising Arif Azhan bin Besar, Amal Nabilah binti Haji Kasah and Adi Iskandar Safwan bin Zuliskandar emerged as champion of the competition. First runner-up went to Group 103 consisting of Mohd Najihuddin bin Nooralizam, Awangku Md Syair Amin bin Pengiran Shahril Annuar and Hadhirah A’yuni binti Haminuddin. Group 101 and Group 103 also secured the Best Memorial: Prosecution and Best Memorial: Defence respectively while Awangku Md Syair Amin was awarded the Best Mooter of the competition.

The competition was held in collaboration with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) at UNISSA. The winner of the competition will represent Brunei Darussalam at the Annual Regional Moot Court Competition in Hong Kong in March 2020. The competition’s judges included legal practitioners in Brunei and representatives from ICRC. The legal practitioners in Brunei included Roy Prabhakaran and Nabilah Abidin of Yusof Halim & Partners, former legal officer of the Attorney General’s Chambers Syarifah Sarinah binti Wan Ibrahim, and UNISSA Professor Nehaluddin Ahmad.

Deputy Head of Regional Delegation of ICRC Kuala Lumpur Zurab Burduli along with Legal Advisor of ICRC Amirah Hamidon and ICRC Legal interns Kuhan Pillai and Akmal Faiq were also judges in the competition.

The competition was held to enhance advocacy skills of law students in Brunei and to expose law students in Brunei to different legal fields.

Guest of honour Deputy Rector of UNISSA Dr Haji Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad in a group photo with the 1st International Humanitarian Law: Moot Court and Mini Roleplay Competition participants.